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#498333 - 11/25/14 09:58 AM Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon  
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Mexico and Belize announce the kickoff of the construction of a multi-purpose sport facility at the “Marion Jones” Sport Complex

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Jose Antonio-Meade and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington held a meeting in Mexico City to reiterate the bonds of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. As part of the historic visit of Minister Elrington to Mexico, the two ministers along with the Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with direct responsibilities for youth and sports announced the kickoff of the construction of the Multipurpose Sport Facility at the “Marion Jones” Sports Complex.

This project is fostered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Belize with the Hon. Herman Longsworth at the helm of the project and will be financed with funds through the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries (Yucatan Fund).

This particular project is a direct response to a request from the Government of Belize, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Dean Barrow to the Minister of Finance of the Government of Mexico, as per letter dated 24 August, 2014. The launch of this project represents for Mexico the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of Belizean youth through the promotion of social inclusion, the prevention of violence and the restoration of the social fabric. Additionally, the multi-purpose sport facility is an expression of the coordinated efforts of Mexico and Belize to bolster social development and create opportunities for growth, as well as to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.

This project involves the design and construction of a multi-purpose sport facility and the installation of lighting on the existing football field. It will be named by Mexico, in appreciation for the support of the Mexican Government.

The Government of Belize and the Government of Mexico, through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), partner on initiatives to increase shared cooperation that boosts growth and raises the prosperity and welfare of both its population.

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#503221 - 04/10/15 11:07 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Marion Jones Sports Complex opened, but not quite completed

After a series of delays and on-and-off construction that spanned several years, a “soft” opening of the Marion Jones Sports Complex was held today by present Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon. Herman Longsworth.

Since the last groundbreaking ceremony for the stadium in August 2009, the projected launch of the state-of-the-art facility had been put off multiple times.

Still, the high-caliber multi-purpose sports complex is nearing completion, even if it is only in parts. At this point, the contract for the bleachers and accompanying facilities is complete, and the sports complex is in a usable state.

During a media tour of the long-awaited stadium this afternoon, Longsworth elaborated on the progress of the project and its current stage.

He said, “The contract for this complex is complete. When it was tendered, the cost came in much higher than the government had budgeted for, and so it was divided into 2 phases.

Government entered into a contract with the contractor to complete what they could have afforded with the monies they had. So far as that contract is concerned, I would say that we are 98% complete. The balance of the building will depend on additional funding coming from government, so I don’t know what will happen to that.”

“If you want me to speak to the entire complex, I would say it is 80% complete. The contract was specifically for this building and the parking area. We have not yet done anything with the parking, but the building is substantially complete except for what are to become the Sports Council offices on the 3rd level, and what is to be the press boxes and the VIP boxes on the 5th level”, he noted.

“We’re also still working, but I expect those works to be completed on the ground level, which is the athletes’ locker rooms and showers etc. They’re not complete as yet, but we’re pretty close now to having them completed”, he further said.

According to Longsworth, all the basic amenities such as bathrooms, concession areas, locker rooms, and seating are ready for public use, and he noted that while at this phase, the facility will only be able to accommodate track and field, football, cycling and beach volleyball, but when the indoor facility is completed, the stadium will be able to also host basketball, volleyball, boxing, karate and table tennis.

He added that construction on the indoor facility should start by the middle of this year, courtesy of an expected $10 million grant from the Mexican government.

As was mentioned, the almost $16 million building is also retrofitted with press boxes, office spaces for the National Sports Council, ticket booths, and a VIP lounge that is nearing completion.

While he concurred that works on the stadium have taken longer than expected, Longsworth pointed out that the financing for the project came out of the Government’s coffers, and he assured that the expanded facility is “specifically geared towards the athletes and the public to view sports.”

The Sports Minister also conceded that maintenance – which is vital to the upkeep of the sports complex – will be very expensive, and therefore, the possibility of turning over that responsibility to a private company is being considered.

Even though the finishing touches are still being put on this segment of the project, we understand the facility will be open to athletes who need it to train for their different sporting disciplines.

Longsworth told us that the general public will be allowed to use certain parts of the facility, but for a fee, which will be used to help cover the maintenance costs.

He also stated that there will be an official opening of the Marion Jones as soon as all the works are properly completed.

Amandala


#508693 - 10/30/15 05:01 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Mexico Makes Marion Jones Moves


The grant was approved last April, along with 2 other projects in Jamaica and Saint Lucia by the Technical Committee of the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican and Caribbean Countries in Mexico City.


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#512952 - 04/09/16 05:19 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Marion Jones, Still Not Ready


Drone footage of Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City


#518265 - 10/13/16 12:22 PM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Lights and indoor facility for Marion Jones Sporting Complex

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has announced the signing of the contract for the lighting of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex project. The signing of the contract is between United Nations Office on Projects (UNOPs) and Maheias Construction for the installation of FFB- standard lights on the field of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex.

This signing takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 13th at the Marion Jones Complex. In addition, the Ministry of Sports will reveal the design of the indoor basketball and volleyball facility that will be constructed next to the Marion Jones Grandstand. Bids will go out for that contract shortly and construction is expected to begin by early January, during the dry season.

#525218 - 08/17/17 05:57 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Marion Jones Indoor Facility Delayed

Faber also told us about the latest plans for the indoor facility at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Last night, the Mexicans flipped the switch on a new lighting grid for the football field. But that's only a few hundred thousand dollars spent out of 5 million US which the Mexicans donated for an indoor sports facility.  It's a multipurpose volleyball and basketball facility being administered by UNOPS - which means no local deal cutting and kickbacks with favored contractors.  But, still, something has gone awry because the UNOPS consultant last told us that the complex would be ready in February 2018, but construction hasn't even started yet!  The Minister of Sports today told us that the date of completion has been pushed back:…

Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Sports
"We had some difficulty for the construction of a covered training facility that will not be at the federation approved level, the international federation level but will be there for the service of all Belizeans that are interested in this sporting discipline of basketball and volleyball. The ambassador Garcia Lopez who was here from the Mexican development cooperation initiative made it clear along with myself last night to the UNOPS people, UNOPS is an arm of the United Nations for Project executions, they were the ones who the Mexicans contracted to make sure that we get value for the 10 million dollars that they have invested in this initiative and so they are the ones who are over seeing, not the government of Belize and not the Sports Council; they are the ones overseeing the works that are to come under this initiative. Last night after the lighting ceremony the 2 ambassadors from Mexico and myself met with the UNOPS people and they shared with us a timeline for the completion of the rest of the project aside from the lighting and I'm pleased to announce that we're looking at an end of 2018 completion date, actually it is a bit longer than that, it may be the middle or so of January of 2019 but Belizeans can look forward to that facility."

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The Lights are On at Marion Jones; Athletes Will Make it their Home

Wednesday night saw the launch of lighting fixtures for what is expected to be the crown jewel of Belize’s sporting facilities, the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The Mexican Agency for International Development and Cooperation, AMEXCID, has become a key partner in advancing the development of the stadium to represent more sporting disciplines, with the building of a training facility for basketball and volleyball joining the athletics and cycling tracks as well as a football field. Sports Minister Patrick Faber says it is time to put aside the past issues and look forward to a brighter future. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has more.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The Marion Jones Sporting Complex is easily the most delayed development project ever to be undertaken by the Government of Belize.  With construction of the multimillion dollar facility finally completed, the stadium was illuminated on Tuesday night before an audience of government officials, including Mexican Ambassador Agustin Garcia-Lopez Loaeza, young athletes and sports enthusiasts.  Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was on hand for the inauguration.

Patrick Faber, Minister of Sports

“The improvements are tremendous.  You could now see this stadium shaping up and I’m not going to get into what happened in the past or what didn’t happen.  The thing is that we are moving forward, I think the developments have been tremendous.  The Mexicans have said that they want to be a part of helping us rejuvenate sporting facilities in Belize.  The contribution for them to the Marion Jones has been the lighting system and they’ve indicated that they will, in fact the monies have already been approved, they had a groundbreaking sometime ago and we had some difficulty for the construction of a covered training facility that will not be at the federation approved level, the international federation level, but will be there for the service of all Belizeans who are interested in the sporting disciplines of basketball and volleyball.”

The Mexican Agency for International Development and Cooperation, AMEXCID, has been instrumental in assisting the National Sports Council with this endeavor.

Agustin Garcia-Lopez Loaeza, Executive Director, AMEXCID

“This is one of the infrastructure projects that we have.  As you know, we have the so-called Yucatan Fund and this Yucatan Fund gave ten million Belize dollars for this project.  The first stage of the project is just giving light to the stadium and we are looking at it now, we are giving music and light today to this wonderful stadium and the idea is to have a second phase of this project which will be the Mexican Pavilion.  And just to have the acknowledgment that football is not the only sport, sometimes the Mexicans think it is, the Mexican Pavilion will be able to build these covered facilities for basketball and volleyball.  The idea, of course, is that sports is part of a healthy community for youth, but also for adults like me that love sports.  It is wonderful to go and be able to have teamwork.”

While the lighting of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex is only the first part of a ten-million dollar comprehensive infrastructure cooperation project for Belize which is financed by the Mexican government.

Patrick Faber

“The Ambassador Garcia-Lopez who was here from the Mexican Development Cooperation initiative, made it clear, along with myself last night, to the UNOPS people, the UNOPS is an arm of the United Nations for Project executions.  They were the ones who the Mexicans contracted to make sure that we get value for the ten million dollars that they have invested in this initiative and so they are the ones who are overseeing, not the Government of Belize and not the National Sports Council, they are the ones who are overseeing the works that are to come under this initiative.”

The building of these recreational facilities allows for the creation of public spaces for Belizeans, in an effort to strengthen social integration, as well as promoting social and economic development in the country. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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